Courts Rule Entirely Against Uber’s Casual Worker Employment Model

The UK courts seem to have ruled against the very existence of and core concept behind Uber, with the latest decision in the long-running set of legal cases over driver rights landing very firmly in favour of the workers. Read More >>

Massive Google Walkout Over Sexual Misconduct Marks Tech’s ‘Time’s Up’ Moment

On Thursday, an estimated thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their offices to protest the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and assault cases, in what is likely the largest collective demonstration among technology workers. Read More >>

How a 19th Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

More than a century ago, a teenager named Abigail Roberson had her photo taken at a professional studio in upstate New York. The photo wasn’t particularly scandalous – Roberson is pictured from the shoulders up, looking away from the camera – but it achieved the 1890s version of virality and set off a legal debate about privacy that remains unsettled 120 years later. Read More >>

When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights?

Films and TV shows like Blade Runner, Humans, and Westworld, where highly advanced robots have no rights, trouble our conscience. They show us that our behaviours are not just harmful to robots—they also demean and diminish us as a species. We like to think we’re better than the characters on the screen, and that when the time comes, we’ll do the right thing, and treat our intelligent machines with a little more dignity and respect. Read More >>

Indie Labels Complain to European Commission About YouTube’s Pushy Tactics

The Worldwide Independent Network, a trade body that looks after the interests of indie record labels, has complained to the European Commission about the way YouTube wants to force independent labels to sign up to its forthcoming music service. Read More >>

Apple: Our Supplies (Largely) Don’t Come From War Zones

Apple has just published its supplier responsibility report, which audits its contract workers who produce and assemble hardware in factories outside the US. Read More >>

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Why We Need to Take Terms and Conditions Way More Seriously

Every time you install a new app on your phone, you have to agree to some terms and conditions—which you do, blindly. But should we be taking those long passages of text more seriously? Read More >>

What Happens to Your Life When the Cloud Disappears?

Steve Wozniak recently lost his calendar. Mat Honan saw his iCloud security breached and his entire digital life was obliterated. In the cloud, when something goes wrong, you are screwed. There are no rules to stop it, no protections in place. There's no responsibility. Companies like Apple or Google or Microsoft or Dropbox change features at whim, disable services without really caring about the user. Your photostream, your calendars, your reminders, your documents, your home movies — they are at their mercy or at the mercy of market forces. Read More >>

BT is the Surprise New Home of Premier League Football

BT has just agreed to pay an enormous £246m per year to show selected live Premier League matches, which it'll begin to broadcast/stream when the 2013/14 football season starts. How many exchanges could it have upgraded to fibre for that money? Read More >>

BBC in Another Photo Error, Mixing Up its Wars for Dramatic Effect

The BBC has made another terrible photo mistake, and this one's nothing like as funny as the Halo/UN confusion. It used an image from the Iraq war in 2003 war to highlight the recent Syrian outrages, despite glaring inconsistencies between the facts and the actual pic. Read More >>

What is ACTA? And Will it Really Destroy the Internet Like SOPA?

ACTA is the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a wide-ranging attempt to standardise international copyright laws, protect intellectual property and better care for business patents and the work of artists. That's what it says on the posters, at least. Read More >>

In the Trenches: Fighting Racism Online

Out in the real world, few people would proudly proclaim that they are racists. On the internet, things are different: The anonymity of the online world makes it easier for people to express racist viewpoints and make observations that they might feel too embarrassed to share in the offline world. Read More >>

Sell Your Book in the iBookstore and Apple Won’t Let You Sell It Anywhere Else

Selling a book with Apple's iBook Author program is now a one-way ticket to Apple being the only place you can sell the book. Maybe selling your book on iBooks isn't such a great deal after all. Read More >>